Today was such a lovely day we drove through the dark purple of completely unaffordable on our way to a pick your own farm in MD. That would be Cleveland and Woodley Parks in DC and
Tomorrow we'll drive through affordable DC and maybe by Brentwood, MD in PG County. According to the map, DC zip code 20019, along Benning Rd, NE you'd need an income of $31,056 to afford a house around there. In Brentwood, MD, you'd only need $20,736 and you get representation in Congress thrown in for free. And most of Wards 7 &8, plus Ward 9 being PG County hugging the DC borders require $40K max.
So most of DC is affordable, just not the cool parts with trendy restaurants and bars, lots of designer clothes shopping, and gourmet cupcake shops. Housing you can afford, amenities? Amenities are going to cost you. You're just gonna have to be like me, wait around for 10 years and hope they show up.